CAS Penzance Lecture Series – Early Christian Archaeology of West Cornwall with Michelle Brown

Recent years have seen an upsurge in the archaeology and understanding of Post Roman and early Medieval West Cornwall especially with regard to Roman and early Celtic Christianity. Michelle, at the forefront of work in this area, is well placed to discuss how cross-disciplinary approaches are currently re-shaping our understanding of the development of early Christianity in West Cornwall and its relationship with the pre-Christian era.

Bio: Michelle is Professor Emerita of Medieval MS Studies (University of London) and former Curator of Illuminated Manuscripts at the British Library. She has a PhD from University College, London where she is currently a Visiting Professor. Her many publications include Art of the Islands: Celtic, Pictish and Anglo-Saxon Visual Culture (Bodleian, 2016); The Book and the Transformation of Britain, c.550-1050 (2011); The Lindisfarne Gospels and the Early Medieval World (BL, London, 2011); Pagans and Priests: The Coming of Christianity to Britain and Ireland (2007). She has also written on the Lindisfarne Gospels. Michelle’s research interests and expertise spread widely across archaeology, late antique and early medieval history, and the material culture of Europe and the Levant, as well as art and spirituality, both historic and contemporary. She lives in West Penwith.

This talk will be held at The Queen’s Hotel, Penzance on Thursday, 19th January 2023

Entry is free however registration is required.

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For more information please read the following pdf: Flyer for 19 Jan 2023 Michelle Brown Penzance Lecture